Baby’s First Haircut – Why, When, How? Myths vs Facts

Baby’s First Haircut – Why, When, How? Myths vs Facts
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Many parents have heard strong recommendations about their baby’s first haircut from just about everyone. Usually that advice is conveyed with apparent authority, either from experience or from cultural foundations, however, curiously contradicts the very next thing you will hear which is expressed with an equally strong sense of conviction.

Shocked that this is such a hot button issue? There are numerous theories on when and why a baby should or shouldn’t have his/her first haircut. Some theories appear non-sensical while others appear considerably credible, while others, nonetheless, are based mostly on cultural traditions or even religious beliefs.

One admittedly extreme method is to shave your baby’s head in her first days of life.

Shaving a baby’s head?

Shaving a child’s head is a ritual in quite a few cultures: Hindu babies, for instance, are shaved to remove undesirable traits related to past lives. Muslims will shave the head of the infant on the seventh day after a ritual sacrifice. Shaving the head of an infant is traditional in Korean and Thai households, and certainly in different less well-known cultures as well. Curiously I’ve additionally read it’s a custom in Hispanic tradition.

Others do it for seemingly scientific reasons. A well-spread belief is that shaving a baby’s head will make her hair grow thicker and stronger (or quicker). The reality is, nevertheless, that because hair grows from follicles which are underneath the head skin surface, cutting or shaving it will have no impact on the development of hair follicle. It might seem that way initially, however in actuality it isn’t growing quicker or stronger.

That is not the only apparently scientific reason for shaving a baby’s head. One other idea claims this needs to be performed for… cleanliness? Based on this idea, cutting a baby’s hair helps to clean the head from any muck or fat remaining on the head after birth. Actually, how about shampooing as an alternative? That sounds much less traumatic. I feel it’s safe to say that you could disregard another “scientific” claim that the newborn is susceptible to suffering a speech delay if her hair is cut before the age of two. Those two issues could not be more unrelated to one another.

In conclusion, there aren’t any scientific reasons to shave your baby’s head. You could have other motivations nevertheless, such as following religious or cultural traditions.

So, in the event you will not shave your baby’s head, when will he get her/his first haircut?

In some cultures the answer is obvious. For instance, if you’re an orthodox Jew, you will wait until the male child’s is three years old and the hair will be cut in a ceremony called Upsherinish.

One other milestone regularly referred to an appropriate age for a haircut is the 12 month mark. Though many consider it a must-follow rule, it’s simply as arbitrary as many others. Now we have heard that hairdressers’ insurance in the USA will not cover kids until they’re 12 months old, so that could be one of many reasons; should you cut your baby’s hair in the first 12 months, you will most likely have to do it yourself. However, you should be able to do it just fine, and unless you have cash to spare, you might as well.

We recommend a special approach; unless you’re following religious doctrine/dogma or a cultural tradition, cut your baby’s hair for the first time based on the length of the hair, not on the age of the infant. Basically, when she needs it, regardless of age. Doesn’t that seem logical? Ask yourself questions similar to, “Does it look really bad?” or “Is the long hair getting in their eyes?”

You, in all probability, got this far in the article because you might have determined it is time to cut your baby’s hair for the first time. It’s also your baby’s first haircut. How do you do it?

Once You Are Past The Emotional Decision To Cut your Baby’s Hair, Allow Us To Begin With Two Pieces Of Advice:

  1. Keep away from the” bowl” technique, please. No bowls are for use for this haircut. That’s just cruel. If you do not know what I’m talking about, I’m referring to the technique of placing a bowl on your baby’s head and cutting around the edges. Please don’t subject your baby to this kind of haircut!
  2. Timing is crucial. Wait for your window of opportunity. If your baby fell sleep sitting upright you’ll be in luck! It is not going to, by no means, get easier than that. When you’re not so fortunate, look for a time when she or he’s most relaxed, maybe watching a cartoon, or peacefully eating his/her favorite snack or cookie.

You won’t need many tools for this operation. Arm yourself with:

  1. Small hair scissors. The bigger the scissors, the more dangerous…
  2. A spray bottle with water. Hair is more easily cut when is damp and heavier.
  3. Comb

Now, It’s Time For Baby’s First Haircut

Start your baby’s first haircut by caressing and stroking your baby’s head and hold her hair while getting it damp with the spray bottle (or your wet hand if that is easier for you). After that, all the pieces will be ready for the hair cutting operation. The objective is to carry out the haircut within two minutes. With a bit of luck he or she’ll assume you are still just caressing his/her hair.

Focus on strands that have grown too long. Pull sections of hair between your fingers or comb and cut. Placing your comb or fingers between the scissors and the skin will prevent uneven cuts and, very important, skin cuts. Bear in mind that you could always cut it shorter later. Too aggressive a haircut and you will have to wait for months before you will like it again.

Here Is Another Method of Baby’s First Haircut

Good luck dad and mom! Now go take care of baby’s first haircut.

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About Will Hull

Will is a nonprofit professional and web developer, SigEp alumnus who holds a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason Unviersity living in Reno, Nevada. He was fortunate enough to work with many Congressional offices on Capitol Hill and nationally recognized nonprofits in Washington, DC at their national offices to manage their email marketing, online fundraising and online advocacy and grassroots campaigns as well as their social media and web presence. He is passionate about designing websites like this one and working with nonprofit organizations through Blackbaud to help make the world a better place. Along with Christine, his wife, he has three children. He enjoys literature on philosophy and political thought, video games, and snowboarding in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Learn more about Will at WillHull.com or check out his other sites, Windy Pinwheel and Hullabaloo Stories.